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September 23, 2017, 11:44
Geoff
Up the river with the limericks
Since I typically screw things up WRT this game, I'll deliberately screw it up right from the get-go by NOT choosing a single place, but a river. Rolls-Royce used to name turbine engines after rivers in the UK, so I'll do likewise and pick the River Nene. Because it's pronounced two ways depending on how far inland one goes, the possibilities for rhyming are pretty broad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Nene

Usual PMs to me, please - and I'll not be using a poll come hell or high water!

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September 24, 2017, 20:46
Kalleh
Interesting choice! So, should we rhyme "river" and "nene?"

I've looked up a few YouTube sites and it seems to be pronounced "nay-nay." I can't see that one syllable is more emphasized than another, which would make the meter difficult. Is it "NAY-nay?"
September 25, 2017, 17:19
Geoff
My above link shows it to be either Neen or Ninn, or so it seems to me. Arnie, Bob, Fat Stan, or some other Brit, would you care to clarify? I say, "Nay" to the Nay-nay-sayers, but so long as you don't call it, "Ohio" you can do as you like.

This reminds me of how the Indiana locals destroy their French heritage by saying "Noter Daym," "Terra Hote," "Versails," etc, yet they get "Russiaville" just about right. Go figure...
September 25, 2017, 18:58
Kalleh
Hmmm, interesting. I checked three sites, and they all said it as: nay-nay. Here is one of them. This last one clearly stresses the first syllable, so that's what I'll do. My other two did not seem to stress either syllable.

I bet we'll see some fun rhymes with this one.
September 25, 2017, 20:47
BobHale
But that isn't the place name... it's a species of goose. Were either of your other links to the actual place?


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September 26, 2017, 08:44
sattva
On this link it says the River Nene is pronounced one of two ways and it is one syllable, not two. Take a look and comment please.

River Nene


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September 26, 2017, 11:52
Geoff
Your link references the Wikipedia article I linked to, sattva, but yours is a lot prettier! Big Grin
September 26, 2017, 14:55
sattva
Okay, I hate to admit this, Geoff, but I don't know what some of those pronunciation letters and marks mean. Tell me it rhymes with hen or bean though, and I understand. I know only basic pronunciation marks.


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September 27, 2017, 07:33
Geoff
I suspect some of you will be clever enough to use both "Neen" and "Nin" in your Nene limerick.
September 28, 2017, 20:40
Kalleh
Yes, Bob. My other links were to the River.
September 29, 2017, 09:01
Geoff
Darn! No limericks and we're up the creek already! It's really weird that some searches do, as Nancy said, link to a goose (nay-nay), not to a river! Wikipedia may, as Z said, be one's friend, but not always Google!
September 29, 2017, 09:55
haberdasher
The cruciverbalist in me says "Nene" is a Hawaiian goose. That there's another meaning comes as a surprise.
September 29, 2017, 12:14
Proofreader
Nene is what a stuttering horse does.


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September 29, 2017, 12:36
Geoff
quote:
Originally posted by haberdasher:
The cruciverbalist in me
You??? Mild-mannered, polite YOU??? I've never seen you post a single cross word!

BTW, Russian for "goose" is "Гусь" It's pronounced, "goose." Aren't you all thrilled to know that? That's because no matter how much vodka you've consumed, you can still say it.

Now, back to the Nene... https://www.google.com/search?...mgrc=zjUHgLUZBW14wM:
October 01, 2017, 19:51
Kalleh
Sorry, Geoff. I need to think and then I'll send one. Thanks for your patience!
October 02, 2017, 09:28
Geoff
One in so far. C'mon people you've got TWO ways to say it, so it ought to be easy!
October 02, 2017, 19:42
BobHale
Sent one.


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October 02, 2017, 19:53
tinman
Well, so far I’ve discovered that it’s the slowest-flowing river in England and the tenth largest. Maybe that’s the one that Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin wrote about (Lazy River). And the Nene, the Witham, the Welland, and the Great Ouse all come out in The Wash. Must be where that saying comes from. But I still can’t come up with a limerick.
October 02, 2017, 20:00
Kalleh
But you're so good at them, Tinman!
October 03, 2017, 06:34
Geoff
Two in now. C''mon Tinny, git 'er done!
October 03, 2017, 20:12
bethree5
Chiming in late here NEN or NEEN, that's what I gather from sattva's link-- NU?
October 04, 2017, 02:03
arnie
B5 - It rhymes with either "hen" or "bean"depending on the exact area.


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October 04, 2017, 06:10
bethree5
quote:
Originally posted by sattva:
Okay, I hate to admit this, Geoff, but I don't know what some of those pronunciation letters and marks mean. Tell me it rhymes with hen or bean though, and I understand. I know only basic pronunciation marks.
Sattva, true confession time-- glad I'm not the only one! Learning that pronunciation code is on my bucket list.
October 04, 2017, 10:01
Geoff
Three in so far. Keep 'em coming!
October 06, 2017, 09:56
Geoff
I've got a couple more. Keep rowing!
October 07, 2017, 12:01
tinman
Row, row, row your boat gently down the Nene,
From Northampton to The Wash,
Then do it all over again.

Or ...

Row, row, row your boat gently down the Nene,
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is so serene.

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October 09, 2017, 12:02
Geoff
Where's Haberdasher??? Where's Stella? Where's Museamuse? Where's Neveu? Where's RJA? I'm not even sure where Greg is. And I haven't heard from Bethree5. WAAAAAHH!!!
October 10, 2017, 20:00
Kalleh
You are remembering some of the oldies but goodies! I miss z from time to time, and even goofy has been a bit missing lately, not to mention my own husband. Heck, when push comes to shove, don't tell Bob, but I even miss Richard sometimes. Wink

Hab has been around; he is probably just busy. He'll be back. I'll contact Greg.
October 11, 2017, 05:37
Geoff
Where's Proofreader? A goose egg from him so far too. Despite his driving me away, Richard did wrote some good limericks.
October 11, 2017, 14:37
Proofreader
quote:
Where's Proofreader?

Still here but my creative juices are blocked.


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
October 12, 2017, 08:57
Geoff
Well, let's see: Hmmmm.... Using the less common pronunciation, you could write,
"A lady who lives near the Nene
Whose writing is with a quill pen
Mistook her ink well
For some old K-Y jell,,," And you get to finish it!
October 13, 2017, 17:13
tinman
quote:
Originally posted by Geoff:
... Richard did wrote some good limericks.
He did wrote some bad ones, too.
October 13, 2017, 21:18
BobHale
quote:
Originally posted by tinman:
quote:
Originally posted by Geoff:
... Richard did wrote some good limericks.
He did wrote some bad ones, too.


Ah, but which of hasn't?


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October 14, 2017, 14:26
Geoff
Geoff can't spel.
October 14, 2017, 15:53
bethree5
I've oft set me down, trying to pen
A limerick that cites the bold Nene--
A river, though large,
That flows like a barge--
But bless me, I'm fat and slow, too.
October 14, 2017, 16:54
Geoff
Wrong river, but the sentiment is what counts:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s
October 17, 2017, 19:57
Kalleh
How's it going, Geoff?
October 19, 2017, 06:37
Geoff
Still waiting on Haberdasher and Bethree5, or anyone else who wishes to participate.
October 19, 2017, 13:10
sattva
I am in a similar boat, Geoff! I have only 4 entries so far in the bluffing game for spalpeen. Frown


"Wishing in gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease." ~from the Metta Sutta
October 19, 2017, 19:45
Kalleh
And both Nene and spalpeen are such fun words. Come on, folks!
October 20, 2017, 07:45
Geoff
While floating serene on the Nene
Someone said, "What on earth's a 'spalpeen?'"
I said, "I know not,
But I fear that it's got
A meaning that's likely obscene" Roll Eyes
October 20, 2017, 08:47
Proofreader
quote:
hile floating serene on the Nene
Someone said, "What on earth's a 'spalpeen?'"
I said, "I know not,
But I fear that it's got
A meaning that's likely obscene"


We have the winner!


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
October 20, 2017, 11:17
Geoff
quote:
Originally posted by Proofreader:


We have the winner!
Not yet. Where's yours? Did I accidentally delete it? Please resend if so. If not, get the darned thing in!!!

BTW, since "dent" is French for "tooth, is an accident an unexpected tooth?
October 20, 2017, 15:22
Proofreader
quote:
quote:
Where's Proofreader?

Still here but my creative juices are blocked.


I refer you this post 10/11.


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
October 21, 2017, 13:27
Geoff
I've given up hope and posted what's been submitted.